Dream It, Be It

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls helps girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. Dream It, Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams. Working in a small group setting, the program provides participants with the information and resources they want and need to be successful.
Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC), in partnership with the Saratoga YMCA, launched Dream It, Be It in March 2018. Seventeen girls participated and topics covered included career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how setbacks and failures will happen and are an opportunity for growth and ultimate success. A second workshop for these girls was held in Fall 2018. When the girls catch up with each other, complete new program modules and learn how to turn Failure into Success they feel, sometimes for the first time, that they are able to overcome impediments to living their dreams.

SISC kicked off year two of Dream It, Be It with a Fall 2019 Workshop held at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs on November 14, 2019.  SISC was proud to welcome 39 girls and 5 counselors from Ballston Spa High School and Galway High School, as well as students from Saratoga High School who participate in the Saratoga Sponsor a Scholar Program.
At the Workshop, facilitators guided the girls through Dream It, Be It Modules (1) Discovering Your Dreams, (2) Exploring Careers and (3) Creating Achievable Goals.  Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly gave an inspiring and motivational speech which discussed her career paths and the challenges and successes she encountered along the way.  A second Workshop for these girls will be held in Spring 2020 to cover the remaining 4 modules. Photos from this event appear below.

This year, due to the pandemic, Dream It, Be It had to take a different form. SISC thought it important that we continue to offer the program in some form as we wait for the time when we can once again gather as a group. In late 2020, we began working with local Girl Scout troops to launch an online version of Dream It Be It. Eight girls are participating virtually in this pilot over the course of seven weeks. 
You can find out more about the DIBI workshops by contacting us at: saratogadreamitbeit@gmail.com.
Read here about our pilot event, held at the Saratoga Springs YMCA 
on Saturday, March 24, 2018 with support from M & T Bank.
Read here about our alumnae event, held at the Saratoga Springs YMCA on Saturday, October 13, 2018. 

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